Esperanza Aguirre, who surprised many by suddenly resigning from her position as president of the Community of Madrid yesterday, has requested a transfer to the government-run tourism institute - Turespaña.
In an interview on Radio Nacional, the Minister for Tourism, José Manuel Soria, said he was happy to be welcoming her back into the department: "She said she would like to work there again and I said it would by a privilege to have her".
Turespaña is the state-controlled organisation responsible for promoting Spain as a tourist destination. It is in charge of Spain's "brand" overseas and its responsibilities include general planning of tourism policy, international promotional campaigns, advising tourism agencies abroad and projects to modernise the Spanish tourism industry. Turespaña is also responsible for the Paradores Nacionales.
It comprises a network of 33 Spanish Tourist Offices overseas, which report to the relevant Spanish embassies and consulates.
Aguirre, who graduated with a degree in law from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid in 1974, worked in the state tourism department from 1976, heading up the publicity department for several years, amongst other posts.
In 1983 she requested a leave of absence to stand, as a member of the Unión Liberal, in the PP coalition elections that year, being elected as a councillor for Madrid's city hall. She has been in politics from this point on, until her shock decisions to step down as president of the Community of Madrid and member of the Madrid Assembly on Monday.
Aguirre has hinted on various occasions in the past that she would return to tourism, once her career in politics was over.